EA to Publish Portal 2
By Jimmy Thang
Developer Valve has partnered with publisher Electronic Arts to bring Portal 2 to retail shelves.
The original Portal debuted with Valve's The Orange Box mega-game compilation and received widespread critical acclaim when it came out. As a result of the first-person puzzler's success, Portal 2 is considered by many to be one of the most anticipated games of 2011.
Dismissing fears that the sequel will not live up to the original, Valve promises to up the ante with its successor. "Portal 2 is Valve's most innovative title in the company's history and will be launched with a first-class launch campaign this April," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve." On reaching a wider base with EA, Lombardi added, "We're excited to be working with Electronic Arts to deliver this title as we expand our platform strategy to include the Mac and PlayStation 3 platforms."
According to the Bellevue, Washington-based developer, Portal 2 "will see players introduced to a host of fresh puzzles, devious new test chambers in never-before-seen areas of Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion from the original Portal."
A new addition to Portal 2 is a cooperative mode. According to Valve, the mode "will feature its own unique campaign and characters, and will force players to both act and think together."
Portal 2 is due out April 2011.